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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

National Press Follows President Obama to Cedar Falls, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-press-president-obama-cedar-falls-iowa/

On January 14th, President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, to share his strategy to expand high-speed connectivity to more Americans, encourage competition, and galvanize economic development. Obama’s plan centers around community networks and he announced that the next step will be eliminating barriers in 19 states that usurp local authority to invest in publicly owned… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2015

President Obama Speaks Against Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/president-obama-speaks-barriers-community-networks/

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 9

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-january-9

Susan Crawford’s latest piece on municipal broadband discussed a real problem that mayors of communities can have a definite impact in helping resolve: the digital divide. Think of that divide, now amplifying and entrenching existing social problems in your city, as similar to a failure to provide a functional street grid. You don’t have to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Decorah Fiber Network Wins Civic Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/decorah-fiber-network-wins-civic-award

The town of Decorah, Iowa, population 8,000, lies along the winding banks of the Iowa River. So close to the river, in fact, that in 2008 its floodwaters swamped parts of the town, including the emergency operations center. That unfortunate event got city leaders thinking about how to ensure secure and redundant communications in future… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Spencer Municipal Utilities Expands Upgrade to Fiber in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spencer-municipal-utilities-expands-upgrade-fiber-iowa

Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) in Iowa is expanding an upgrade project to bring fiber to approximately 2,000 additional premises. A little over a year ago, we reported on the switch from coax cable to fiber for 700 municipal network customers with no rate increase. According to the Spencer Daily Reporter, the original project is almost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Davenport, Iowa, Releases RFP for Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/davenport-iowa-releases-rfp-feasibility-study

Davenport recently issued an RFP, hoping to hire a vendor to complete a feasibility study. The community wants to learn more about connectivity options that build on its current fiber assets. According to a May 2014 Government Technology article by Colin Wood, the city has installed fiber throughout the community over the past decade. CIO… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2014

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/midwest-solar-market-hot-not/

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2014

2014 IAMU Broadband Conference Fast Approaching

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/2014-iamu-broadband-conference-fast-approaching

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is presenting the 2014 IAMU Broadband Conference on March 26 – 27. The event will be held at the Ramada Tropics and Resort Center in downtown Des Moines. (Psst! Take your swimsuit – there is a water park in the Resort Center!) Christopher Mitchell will be presenting on March… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2013

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/look-mediacom-propaganda-emmetsburg-iowa

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Cedar Falls Schools Get 1 Gig from Cedar Falls Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-schools-get-1-gig-cedar-falls-utilities

As of December 2, students and staff in Cedar Falls schools have access to 1 gig Internet service from Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU). The WCF Courier reports that the Board of Education recently decided to switch from the Iowa Communications Network (ICN): Doug Nefzger, the district’s financial officer, said though Des Moines-based ICN has been a… Continue reading